Huawei fires employee arrested in Poland for espionage

Huawei building in Warsaw, Poland.
Huawei building in Warsaw, Poland. Photo: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Chinese telecom giant Huawei has fired a local sales director arrested in Poland on charges of spying, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Huawei likely recognized that the arrest would intensify Western scrutiny of the company's relationship with the Chinese government, and said in a statement that the employee's "alleged actions have no relation to the company” in an attempt to distance itself from the incident. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada last month for violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.

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Chinese Huawei executive charged with espionage in Poland

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A local sales director for the Chinese company Huawei Technologies, identified by people familiar as Weijing Wang, has been charged with high-level espionage on China's behalf in Poland, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: The charge bolsters U.S. and other Western nations' suspicions that Huawei's technology could be used by China to spy on other nations. Last month, the company's chief financial officer was detained in Canada for allegedly violating U.S. sanctions on Iran.

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